Interim Minister (Priest-in-Charge) 3years - Norton Benefice

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Thank you for your interest in the post of Interim Minister (Priest-in-Charge) in the Benefice of Norton. Situated in an attractive area of North Yorkshire, between the city of York and the famous Yorkshire coast, the town of Norton on Derwent has the benefit of both good local amenities and access to national parks, golden beaches and picturesque villages.

The parish of St Peter’s Norton has a population of around 12,000, which has grown in recent years with new housing developments and employment opportunities, bringing younger families into the area. The church has embraced the opportunities to be accessible and relevant, offering a mix of traditional and contemporary worship, and outreach from Popup Cafés, to youth groups and lunches for the older generation. During the pandemic, St Peters’ quickly developed a ‘Virtual Church’, which has a strong following, as well as maintaining our small groups, Thy Kingdom Come activities and adapting the summer holiday club to a virtual format.

The Benefice vision is for the church to be seen as a symbol of hope in the community. We are enthusiastic and want to be seen as a family that is flourishing in our love and relationship with Jesus, and want to share this with others. We want to grow in faith and numbers and believe God is at work here, taking us on an exciting journey.

The role is offered as an Interim Ministry post for 3 years. We are currently undertaking a diocese-wide review of ministry and mission in light of our refreshed vision and strategy. The post holder will be expected to engage creatively with the Deanery Leadership Team to help shape ministry and mission for the parish of Norton, the two towns of Norton and Malton, and for the wider rural ministry around Malton/Norton. It is hoped that there would be an opportunity for the post-holder to continue to play a part in the ministry in this area in the future.

We are looking for a priest-in-charge who can journey with us and who will:-

  • Leading by example, love and cherish people, equipping and encouraging us to further nurture these behaviours in our church family and community.
  • Be bible centred; building a deeper culture of prayer; respecting the broad styles of ministry from the traditional to the digital.
  • Build meaningful, relevant relationships across all age groups, recognising the pressures and challenges people face.
  • Be a good communicator, a confident delegator, a catalyst for and effective manager of change to inspire a vision for the future.

What we offer:

  • 2 Recognised Parish Assistants and a dedicated team of Lay Worship Leaders.
  • A wide variety of groups and events for all ages, run by teams of wonderful volunteers.
  • An established and managed benefice YouTube channel and social media pages.
  • Bell ringers under the Tower Captain, who ring the 8 bells before some services and on special occasions.
  • A regular organist, plus a team of musicians and singers to support worship and the T@4 and ‘Refresh’ service planning teams.
  • Established regular contact with local schools and care homes.
  • A well maintained Grade 2 listed church building and adjacent church hall which, as prominent community buildings, lend themselves to flexible deployment as events spaces.
  • An attractive, modernised, five bedroomed vicarage with good-sized garden, 2 minutes’ walk from the church.

The Diocese of York

The Diocese of York takes in much of North and East Yorkshire, including the cities of York, Hull and Middlesbrough, and two National Parks. Extending from the River Tees to the River Humber, and from around the A1 road to the incomparable Yorkshire coast, the area is home to around 1.4 million people.

We are a family of 579 churches and 125 schools in 442 parishes, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. York Minster is our principal church.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of York has encouraged the reshaping of the Diocesan vision and examination of our priorities. We are determined to become a simpler, bolder, humbler and more diverse church of missionary disciples which is Christ centred and Jesus shaped, ensuring in partnership with other churches that there is a Christian witness in every community. We wish to be a people who are ‘Living Christ’s Story.’

We are bringing fresh energy and focus to our strategic goals: to Become more like Christ, to Reach those we currently don't; to Grow churches of missionary disciples, and to Transform our finances and structures. Our approach is aligned with a commitment to the best of our parochial inheritance and to the poorest communities, and to the financial realities we face.

Our official website can be found here:

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd John Thomson tel: 01757 429982, or the Archdeacon of York, Ven Sam Rushton 01904 758241

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Sunday 23rd May 2021

Interview date: Thursday 17th June 2021